Ridgebacks by Kat

# 10   The breeder claims to have many years of experience, yet has never seen a dermoid sinus. A breeder that has not seen a
dermoid sinus (d.s.) is not an educated Ridgeback breeder.  A line of RRs with zero incidence of d.s. would be quite unusual.  A breeder
who is experienced in detection of d.s. is important because the d.s. is peculiar to RRs and most veterinarians have never seen one.      

# 9     The breeder claims the RR is the perfect dog for everyone.  The RR is not the dog for everyone.  They are quite active puppies and
they grow fast.  They are not a good choice for people who are not willing or physically able to spend time on obedience training.  As with
the other hound breeds, most RRs are independent and intelligent, and many are strong willed.  Not everyone enjoys this type of dog.  

# 8    The breeder claims all of their dogs hip are OFA excellent. A breeder making this claim is very likely lying to you.  The health of a
future member of your family is at stake, so DO NOT take their word for it! Ask for the registered names and AKC Registration number of
the mother and father of any litter you are considering, and visit the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals at
www.ofa.org. You can look up
the dogs on the OFA database to see if they are truly certified, and what rating they were given.

# 7     The breeder seems proud of having dogs over 100 pounds. The RR is not intended to be a massive animal.  They were originally
bred as hunting dogs, and a truly huge animal is not capable of the speed, agility, and endurance required for the hunt.  A person looking
for a huge dog should look into another breed of dog.

# 6    The breeder advertises regularly in the newspaper.  Legitimate breeders rarely advertise in local newspapers.  

# 5     The breeder advertises “champion bloodlines”.  This usually means “my dogs are not champions, and their parents probably are
not either”.  A dog with one or two champions three or four generations back is NOT from champion bloodlines.  Ask to see certified
pedigrees of the parents, or you can look up the pedigrees yourself for a small fee at The American Kennel Club if you have the
registered names or registration numbers.  Most Ridgeback show breeders have their pedigree's loaded on POST.  You will need the
registered names or AKC Registration number to find them.  

# 4    The breeder claims to be a member of the AKC.  This is not possible.  The American Kennel Club does not allow individuals to be
members, only the national breed clubs representing all registered breeds of dogs.  An ethical breeder is usually a member of one or
more dog related organizations such as The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States and their local Kennel Clubs.  These clubs
require members to adhere to a strict code of ethics in order to help protect puppy buyers.  

# 3    The breeder offers no written guarantee, or a “replacement” only guarantee.  An ethical breeder will offer a written health guarantee
and will allow you to have the puppy examined by a vet before the sale is final.  A guarantee that only offers a replacement puppy is not
very helpful because most people are attached to their pets and prefer to keep them even if they find a problem.  A full or partial refund
that would help pay for treatment of their current pet is more useful to everyone involved.  Even if a replacement puppy would be preferred,
there is no guarantee that a future litter will ever be born.  If the problem is genetic, the replacement puppy could potentially have the
same problem. Be especially wary if the breeders guarantee is linked to using a specific brand or type of vitamin or supplement that they
"just happen" to sell.  

# 2    The breeder will not let you visit the place where the puppies are kept, or keeps large numbers of dogs on their property. A
legitimate breeder is more interested in the quality and health of their animals than anything else.  Kennels and yards should not smell
strongly of urine and feces.  Dogs should not be running free or kept in yards or pens that are crowded.  Breeders are required by the
AKC to individually identify each animal by tattoo, tag, or microchip and must keep records of the animals.  If both males and females are
present, there must be a means to keep females in season separate from the males.

And the number one way to spot a puppy mill…………

# 1
 The breeder has puppies available right now, another litter at the end of the month, 2 more litters next month, and even more the
next….. An ethical breeder does not churn out litter after litter of puppies.  Millions of unwanted pets are destroyed each year, and the
ethical breeder does not wish to contribute to this.  Ethical breeders breed quality, healthy animals and are not interested in selling lots of
puppies just to make a profit.  Dogs are living, feeling beings and not possessions. Ethical breeding is done for love of the breed and the
dogs, it is NOT a business.